To Build a Better Future, Designers Need to Start Saying ‘No’

Reflections on the transformative potential of refusal as a method in the design of technology

Photo: Peter Cade/Getty Images

If computer scientists really hoped to make a positive impact on the world, then they would need to start asking better questions.

What is refusal?

The concept of refusal could offer a transformative framework for reimagining the work of data science as a liberatory practice.

Why don’t more people refuse?

There are virtually no venues for scholars to share the essential insights unearthed from the process of deciding not to study or build technology.

PhD student at MIT.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store